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Supertramp – Breakfast in America (1979, remastered 2013)

 Supertramp – Breakfast in America (1979, remastered 2013)

GBR Flag       Supertramp — Breakfast in America
λ   One of the biggest prog-rock bands of the '70s, thanks in large part to their pop smash Breakfast in America.
Formed: 1969 in England
Location: London, England
Album release: 29 March 1979
Recorded: May–December 1978; The Village Recorder (Studio B) in Los Angeles
Record Label: A&M Records
Duration:     46:18
01. Gone Hollywood     5:18
02. The Logical Song     4:09
03. Goodbye Stranger     5:48
04. Breakfast In America     2:37
05. Oh Darling     4:04
06. Take The Long Way Home     5:08
07. Lord Is It Mine     4:07
08. Just Another Nervous Wreck     4:22
09. Casual Conversations     2:57
10. Child Of Vision     7:28
Written by:
•   Rick Davies / Roger Hodgson
Ξ   Rick Davies — keyboards, vocals, harmonica
Ξ   John Helliwell — saxophones, vocals, woodwinds
Ξ   Roger Hodgson — guitars, keyboards, vocals
Ξ   Bob Siebenberg — drums
Ξ   Dougie Thomson — bass
Ξ   Slyde Hyde — trombone, tuba
Ξ   Bob C. Benberg  Drums
Ξ   Lenise Bent  Assistant Engineer
Ξ   Greg Calbi  Mastering
Ξ   Rick Davies  Composer, Keyboards, Vocals
Ξ   Michael Diehl  Reissue Design
Ξ   Mike Doud  Art Direction, Artwork, Cover Art Concept
Ξ   Mick Haggerty  Art Direction, Cover Design, Design
Ξ   Mark Hanauer  Photography
Ξ   Jeff Harris  Assistant Engineer
Ξ   John Helliwell  Saxophone, Vocals, Woodwind
Ξ   Peter Henderson  Engineer, Producer
Ξ   Roger Hodgson  Composer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Ξ   Richard Hyde  Trombone
Ξ   Slyde Hyde  Trombone, Tuba
Ξ   Bill Levenson  Reissue Supervisor
Ξ   Jay Messina  Mastering
Ξ   Gary Mielke  Programming
Ξ   Russel Pope  Concert Sound Engineer, Engineer
Ξ   Aaron Rapoport  Cover Photo
Ξ   Bob Siebenberg  Drums
Ξ   Beth Stempel  Reissue Production Coordination
Ξ   Dougie Thomson  Bass
Album Moods: Theatrical Dramatic Elaborate Searching Ambitious Bright Carefree Earnest Effervescent Innocent Passionate Poignant Rambunctious Sprawling Laid-Back/Mellow
Themes: Monday Morning At the Office Hanging Out Long Walk Road Trip Playful
Artwork and packaging:
Ξ   The album's front cover resembles an overlook of New York City through an aeroplane window. It was designed by Mike Doud and depicted Kate Murtagh, dressed as a waitress named "Libby" from a diner, as a Statue of Liberty figure holding up a glass of orange juice on a small plate in one hand (in place of the torch on the Statue), and a foldable restaurant menu in the other hand, on which "Breakfast In America" is written. The background featured a city made from a cornflake box, ashtray, cutlery (for the wharfs), eggboxes, vinegar, ketchup and mustard bottles, all spraypainted white. The twin World Trade Center towers appear as two stacks of boxes and the plate of breakfast represents Battery Park, the departure point for the Staten Island Ferry. The back cover photo, depicting the band members having breakfast while reading their respective hometown newspapers, was taken at a diner called Bert's Mad House.
Ξ   Breakfast In America won the 1980 Grammy Award for Best Recording Package, beating out albums by Talking Heads and Led Zeppelin, among others.
Ξ   In the 1987 edition of the The World Critics List, music critic Joel Whitburn ranked Breakfast in America the fourth greatest album of all time. In the 1994 edition of The Guinness All Time Top 1000 Albums, Breakfast in America was voted No. 207 in the all-time greatest rock and pop albums, and it was voted the 69th greatest British rock album of all time in a 2006 Classic Rock industry poll. Triple M listeners voted the album No. 43 in the "100 Greatest Albums of All Time". Recognising the band's disfavour among music critics during their career, Q magazine ranked Breakfast in America second on its "Records it's OK to Love" list in 2006.
Review by Stephen Thomas ErlewineScore: ****½
Ξ   With Breakfast in America, Supertramp had a genuine blockbuster hit, topping the charts for four weeks in the U.S. and selling millions of copies worldwide; by the 1990s, the album had sold over 18 million units across the world. Although their previous records had some popular success, they never even hinted at the massive sales of Breakfast in America. Then again, Supertramp’s earlier records weren’t as pop-oriented as Breakfast. The majority of the album consisted of tightly written, catchy, well-constructed pop songs, like the hits “The Logical Song,” “Take the Long Way Home,” and “Goodbye Stranger.” Supertramp still had a tendency to indulge themselves occasionally, but Breakfast in America had very few weak moments.
Ξ   It was clearly their high-water mark. Supertramp followed an unusual path to commercial success in the 1970s, fusing the stylistic ambition and instrumental dexterity of progressive rock with the wit and tuneful melodies of British pop, and the results made them one of the most popular British acts of the ’70s and ‘80s, topping the charts and filling arenas around the world at a time when their style of music was supposed to have fallen out of fashion.
Ξ   Supertramp was formed in 1969 by pianist and vocalist Rick Davies. Davies had been a member of a group called the Joint, who had found a financial backer in Dutch millionaire Stanley August Miesegaes; Miesegaes had grown disenchanted with the Joint, but saw promise in Davies, and he offered to bankroll a new band if Davies wanted to launch a fresh project. Davies placed an ad in the British music weekly Melody Maker, and recruited guitarist Richard Palmer, percussionist Robert Millar, and vocalist/bassist Roger Hodgson. Davies initially dubbed the new band Daddy, but to avoid comparison with a number of other paternally named acts, he changed their billing to Supertramp, taking the name from a book by Welsh author William Henry Davies.
Billboard Albums:
1979 Breakfast In America  The Billboard 200  #1
Billboard Singles:
1980 Breakfast In America  The Billboard Hot 100  #62
1979 Goodbye Stranger  The Billboard Hot 100  #15
1979 Take The Long Way Home  The Billboard Hot 100  #10
1979 The Logical Song  The Billboard Hot 100  #6
Grammy Awards:
Year  Album/Track Award        Winner
1979  A  Breakfast in America  Best Album Package — Incl. Album Cover, Graphic Arts, Photography Mick Haggerty / Mike Doud
1979  A  Breakfast in America  Best Engineered Recording, Non Classical Peter Henderson
Website: http://supertramp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Supertramp/106822866016700
Roger Hodgson: http://www.rogerhodgson.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rogerhodgson?v=app_7146470109
Press: HarmonicManagement@earthlink.net
Agent: HarmonicManagement@earthlink.net
Current members:
Ξ   Rick Davies vocals, keyboards, harmonica, composition, melodica (1969–1988, 1996–2002, 2010–present)
Ξ   Bob Siebenberg — drums, percussion (1973–1988, 1996–2002, 2010–present)
Ξ   John Helliwell woodwinds, keyboards, backing vocals (1973–1988, 1996–2002, 2010–present)
Ξ   Carl Verheyen guitars, percussion, backing vocals (1996–2002, 2010–present; touring musician: 1985-1986)
Ξ   Cliff Hugo — bass (1996–2002, 2010–present)
Ξ   Lee Thornburg — trombone, trumpet, keyboards, backing vocals (1996–2002, 2010–present)
Ξ   Jesse Siebenberg vocals, guitars, percussion (1997-2002, 2010-present), keyboards (2010–present)
Ξ   Gabe Dixon — keyboards, tambourine, vocals (2010–present)
Ξ   Cassie Miller — background vocals (2010–present)
•   Supertramp (1970)
•   Indelibly Stamped (1971)
•   Crime of the Century (1974)
•   Crisis? What Crisis? (1975)
•   Even in the Quietest Moments... (1977)
•   Breakfast in America (1979)
•   ...Famous Last Words... (1982)
•   Brother Where You Bound (1985)
•   Free as a Bird (1987)
•   Some Things Never Change (1997)
•   Slow Motion (2002)

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